Andy Khouri joins DC as Editor

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Today is my first day as an Editor at DC Comics. I’m very happy and excited and looking forward to hearing what you guys think of my books. — Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) March 2, 2015 It’s official. Welcome to #DCKHOMICS A photo posted by Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) on Mar 2, 2015 at 1:09pm PST There […]

Nilah Magruder wins the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award for M.F.K.

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As announced this weekend, the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award was given out, and the winner was Nilah Magruder for her webcomic M.F.K.

Disclosure: I was one of the judges for this award. And I couldn’t be happier that Magruder won.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/2/2015: Only five more months of winter!

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§ First off, in the Massive Achievements Dept., Kelly Thompson has put together a massive, massive list of women who makes comics. Everyone stand up and applaud. § Everyone wants to go to Japan, right? But everyone is scared because it’s all in Japanese, right? Luckily, Abby Denson has created the Cool Japan Guide which […]

Books A Million Selling Variants Online and Getting DC from Diamond

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This may well spoil things for people trying to flip variants on eBay, but it looks like Books A Million will let you order (and pre-order) variant covers off their website.  And it looks like they’re expanding how many different publishers they’re getting variants from:

RIP Leonard Nimoy

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A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 After being taken to the hospital complaining of chest pains a few days ago, actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at age 83. He’d been suffering from COPD in recent […]

Society of Illustrators announces the complete Comic and Cartoon Art Annual winners

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Last year the Society of Illustrators added a medal competition for comics arts, parallel to those they have long given out for illustration. And here are the 2015 winners. While the judges weren’t revealed, The judges, chaired by Steven Guarnaccis and R. Sikoryak, are a prestigious let, . A complete list of artists selected for […]

KIbbles /n/ Bits 2/26/15: High Moon is back!

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§ High Moon, the werewolf/cowboy comic by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis is back. After running on DC’s Zuda webcomic site (remember that?) and seeing a print edition, four new pages will be posted every Monday, in a mobile responsive interface, and available on Tapastic and Comixology as well. Nerdist has a preview , and […]

Review: Punk rock and questionable choices are the ties that bind in Curb Stomp #1

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The time period of Boom Studio’s limited series Curb Stomp is somewhat tough to pin down. The clothing styles vacillate from the 50s through the 70s, which of course form the template for the hot styles of today. The convenience stores have a modern look, as does the one television set I spotted (there’s nary a cell phone or a computer to be found). At least for now, it doesn’t really matter: Curb Stomp traffics in a genre defined by the pulp novels and exploitation films of those aforementioned eras, so it makes sense that the look of it is something of a review of these periods.

Ben Abernathy returns to DC as Director of Talent Relations

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While you had to be a detective a bit to parse this image from Ben Abernathy, the tweets have made it clear: the former Wildstorm editor is back at DC in Burbank as Director of Talent Relations.

Interview: JP Ahonen on drawing bears, Sing no Evil and the Finnish comics scene

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Finnish cartoonist JP Ahonen made a splash last year with his energetic graphic novel Sing No Evil (co-written by KP Alare), about a rock band that has to struggle not only with rival musicians but a supernatural invasion of their home town. Originally published in Finland, Abrams brought out the English edition. Here he talks about making the book, sequel plans and what comics are like in his native land.

Comics Portal Hiveworks announces 12 million users in January

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According to a news blast they just sent out, Hiveworks, a digital comics portal, had 12,000,000 users in January—alst year it had a total of 65,000,000, so it’s on track for a lot of growth. But what kind of growth? According to their about page, “Hiveworks is a creator owned publisher and studio that helps webcomic and online media creators turn their creative endeavors into sustainable businesses. We serve as mentors and as a home for many comics.”

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/24/15: Small press show caught in Comic-Con tidal wave

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§ SPACE, the long running small press show located in Columbus, is moving to a new venue and time frame this year: July 18 &19, 2015 at the Northland Performing Arts Center. The date is the weekend after San Diego, which is not ideal, but SPACE had no choice, as organizer Bob Corby explains in an email:

MUST READ: Jim Zub on how creator owned comics economics have improved

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And when I say must-read, I mean MUST READ, as it really lays out fundamental changes in how the industry is working for creator owned books.. A few days ago I noted how an old post on the economics of Jim Zubkavich on Skullkickers, his Image comics, had gotten a second life on Facebook with it’s very low numbers on comics profits. In the comment, Zub promised an update, and he’s delivered with an analysis of his new book, Wayward. As you can see from the above graph, it’s a HUGE change, and it’s all due to the rise of Image Comics:

ComicsPRO: Schanes and Kubert honored at “diversity” filled meeting

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The annual meeting for the retailer organization ComicsPRO wrapped up over the weekend. The meeting is closed to the press but retailer/newspaper columnist Matt Price has an informative series of posts on the event, which consists of meetings and publisher presentations. It was a transitional year for ComicsPRO following a scandal involving former treasurer Gary Dills, who resigned and saw one of his stores closed. But the organization seems to have rebounded in the midst of the general comics renaissance that is taking place.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/23/15: Area Woman live draws the Oscars

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§ Just to finish up the Oscars, which everyone has probably already forgotten, cartoonist Liza Donnelly live drew them on her twitter feed, and got a big write up in her local paper about it, and also did some nice drawings.

Toy Fair: Bandai brings One Piece, Dragonball Z and many more figures to the US

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Toy Fair 2015 has long come and gone, and I was there and took 700 pictures. But it took me so long to sort thrugh them that now no one cares. However, I didn’t see many people covering these awesome new Bandai toys based on Sailor Moon, One Piece, DBZ and other familiar anime and manga figures,. They’re part of the BanPresto line from Japan and they are all limited edition — in other words, once these are gone, they’re gone. Because they look so awesome, you’ll probably want to stock up on all of them.